On the Horizon – January 4, 2013

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Jan. 7

H&R Block Tax Talk

H&R Block professionals will be on hand from 6 to 9 p.m. at the East Library to discuss tax filing procedures for property owners. For details go to ppld.org.

Jan. 8

PVG Pitch Night

Peak Venture Group will host its next Pitch Night at 5:30 p.m. at Epicentral Coworking, 409 N. Tejon St. Suite 106. Pitch Night is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to make a five-minute pitch followed by five minutes of feedback from other entrepreneurs and business professionals. For details go to www.meetup.com/PVG-Pitch-Night/

College Planning

Barbara Swiatek, with the National Association of College Funding Advisors, will host a free workshop titled “How to Pay for College without Going Broke” from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Penrose Library. She will focus on financial aid forms and how to pick colleges that offer the best financial package. To reserve a seat, call 593-1552 or go to www.collegeplanningofcolorado.com.

Jan. 9

Buzz with the B’s

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado will host Buzz with the B’s, a quarterly breakfast to give business owners an opportunity to discuss current issues and trends and provide a forum for a fresh flow of ideas. It will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Trinity Brewing Company, 1466 Garden of the Gods Road. Cost is $13 in advance and $16 at the door. Price includes breakfast. RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/Buzz-19 or contact Kelly Utermoehlen at kellyu@bbbsc.org.

Jan. 11

State of the State

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance will host Gov. John Hickenlooper from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave. The event is free, but seating is limited. Call 884-2832 to register.

Tax Talks: Retirement/Assisted Living

H&R Block will give a tax talk on “Retirement/Assisted Living,” (pension-plan distributions, annuities, rollovers, Roth IRAs, traditional IRAs) from 11 a.m. to noon at Old Colorado City Library. For details go to ppld.org.

Jan. 15

State of the World

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council will host the second-annual “State of the World” discussion from 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. at Antlers Hilton featuring Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large, The Atlantic, and senior fellow, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation. The discussion will center on the global challenges President Obama will face in his second term.

H&R Block Waldo Canyon Fire Tax Information

A tax talk for Waldo Canyon fire victims and others affected by recent disasters in Colorado — late filing and late payment allowances in federally declared disaster areas, casualty losses, fee waivers — will be at 6 p.m. at the Rockrimmon Library.

Oil and Gas Work Session

City Council will hold an oil and gas regulations work session from 3 to 6 p.m. at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., Council chambers, third floor. The purpose of the meeting is address the key questions put forward by Council regarding Ordinance 12-106, which pertains to proposed oil and gas regulations. Discussion includes air quality, inspectors and enforcement, updates, water availability, water quality and zoning/setbacks. Public comment not permitted. Public comment will be permitted at a future public hearing during a regular Council meeting.

Jan. 16

BBB’s customer service workshop

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado will host its second of two workshops to provide information to companies interested in applying for the 2013 BBB Excellence Awards in Customer Service. The workshop will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St.. Admission is free. RSVP by Jan. 15 at http://tinyurl.com/writingwrkshp-116. Lunch will be provided by Pinnacol Assurance.

Jan. 17


The city’s next “Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn” is from 12:11 to 12:49 p.m. at 30 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 102. A panel will discuss how the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Colorado Springs School District 11, Academy School District 20, Harrison School District 2 and the Air Force Academy are reducing energy use and fossil-fuel based energy. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches. For details or questions contact Nick Kittle at 385-6609 or nkittle@springsgov.com.

Jan. 18

PVG breakfast

Peak Venture Group will host its next breakfast meeting from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at the Garden of the Gods Club. For prices and details go to www.peakventure.org.

Middle Market Entrepreneurs

MME will host a breakfast meeting from 7 to 9 a.m. at the El Paso Club, 30 E. Platte Ave. called “Developing Future Leaders within Your Business.” Guest speakers are: Kathy Boe, Boecore founder and CEO; Jerry Biggs, founder of BiggsKofford CPA firm; and Roland Smith, Ph.D., senior faculty and lead researcher, Center for Creative Leadership. For details go to http://mmecos.yolasite.com.

Jan. 19

H&R Block on retirement

An H&R Block presentation highlighting retirement will be at 11 a.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library. This will cover relying on nest eggs, Social Security benefits and taxation of retirement plan distributions.

Jan. 22

Career Compass — Job Search Help

Learn about the library’s computer resources for help with a job search, résumé and interviewing skills in a class from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sand Creek Library. Bring your résumé and your employment history for the open lab portion of the class. Students need to have a working email address.